Three Ways to Decorate an Ocean Inspired Home

Posted by on 05/24/2016

At Luna Bazaar, we’re always looking for new waves of inspiration to share with our audience of interior designers, event planners, creative hosts and artful homemakers. Today, LB Stylist Angelina Carrera talks about ways to bring the spirit of the ocean into your home, inviting you to dive in and explore her concepts drawn from the deep blue sea:

Two thirds of the human body is made up of salt water. The sea is a part of us. Beyond the chemical, our minds are linked to water in more ways than we realize. Science suggests that for most people the ocean reduces stress while creating peace and balance. If the ocean has a neurological impact on our brain, awareness of this connection can change the way we live.

Color

Use the natural colors and elements of the ocean to create a grounding, yet ethereal feeling in your home.

This Yasmine tapestry is soft and inviting ― it reminds us of when the ocean meets the sky.

Royal blue tones offer tranquility and peace for spaces that require calm and rest, such as studios, quiet common areas and bedrooms.

Applying Color

White-on-white-on-blue is a meditation in itself.

Creams and whites love each other ― adding almost any color of blue creates depth and resonance.

Illuminate from below with fairy lights in apothecary jars. Om my goodness.

Stunning.

Photo, styling and DIY macramé by Charlotte Smith of Ciburbanity.

Flow

The ocean brings rhythm ― ebb and flow. The ocean inhales and exhales as each wave meets the shore. Allow your home to have a similar cadence by changing and adapting to seasons or feelings. Pink from a summer sunset adds vitality, while natural elements like driftwood and metals infuse an earthly essence and accentuate areas of focus.

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Applying Flow

Searching for the perfect piece of driftwood is almost as fun as repurposing it as table decor. Layer with votives, lanterns and textiles ― then add food and good company! We’ve pictured this outside, but truly this concept goes anywhere, from bedroom dressers to indoor dining rooms. Kids especially love building with driftwood to emulate a fairy house effect.

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Texture

Adding a textured throw, a vibrant pillow, or mercury glass candle holders to a home keeps the flow and creates a perfect balance. For us, the ocean in all of it’s majesty inspires an infinite array of texture. Be bold ― tap into the magic of texture.

We love what Aster B Flower Farm does with leftover florals in vases from a dinner party ― just repurpose onto the mantle! The key to this look is varying sizes: keep it eclectic and a little unplanned. The best décor looks effortless.

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Applying Texture

Tiny bouquets do heavy lifting when it comes to meal time, and mercury glass accents offer textural beauty like no other.

They’re low ― conversation f
lows freely around and over them ― but their delicate presentation feels thoughtful and sincere.

Also, nice for nightstands.

Photo and styling by Charlotte Smith of Ciburbanity.

The ocean is so many things: a place to create memories and teach your children, a place to meditate and heal, to be active and hang with friends, to get in touch with nature. With the endless inspiration, the ocean is a continuous source for humans.

The ocean inspires an innate connection, one like the moon and sea ― an ebb and flow tied directly to each other. A vastness, a fullness ― furthering the stream of ideas about perception, emotion, creativity, health and healing.

Our ocean makes up about 70% of our planet. It is a world within a world. Keep the harmonious flow, allow yourself the space to breathe.

Inhale slowly and exhale slowly. Find peace in the vast sublimity of the sea.

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea ― whether it is to sail or to watch it ― we are going back from whence we came.” ― John F. Kennedy

With Love From Mexico

Posted by on 05/03/2016

Luna contributor Leah Forester celebrates her Mexican heritage at the table on the regular. Here, she get’s creative with a global style sensibility, using our handcrafted Indian Tree of Life Tapestry as the foundation for a beautiful Mexican Feast.

You can’t help but surrender to the exquisite inspiration felt when exploring the art and traditions of Mexican culture. From the vibrant and transcendent color palette of revered artist Frida Kahlo to the ceremonial patterns in Papel Picado banners handcrafted by an artisan’s chisel, you are instantly transported to a world layered in warmth, texture, romance, and history. So leave your bags unpacked, you won’t have to travel far to infuse Mexico’s resilient spirit and bold aesthetic into your next fiesta.

Beyond Cinco de Mayo, there are numerous occasions worthy of transforming your space to host a lively celebration with friends, family, neighbors, tasty margaritas and mojitos!

We’ve crafted some colorful tips to compliment any traditional or contemporary Mexican inspired spread:

Set the Table

The meal is the heart of every gathering in Mexican culture and beyond. It’s where everyone comes together, pulsing with life and energy. Just as eclectic as the personalities on your guest list, you can add a playful mix of our Recycled Glass Vessels, Mason Jars, and our Punched Tin Shadow Lanterns to accessorize with your dinnerware. Brighten it up with some lime slices, loosely arranged flowers and our Papel Picado flags for a traditional element that evokes a festively cheerful ambiance.

Add Flowers

Adding floral elements serves as double-duty in the color and texture department. Artfully placing Paper Flowers and Pom-Poms around windows and doors, mixed into garlands and wreaths, or used in place settings will make a lively statement. Be sure to incorporate rich colors such as deep reds, oranges, and pinks with brilliant blues, greens, and purples for a dynamic and festive look. Our Multicolor Mexican Party Banner, handmade in the Papel Picado tradition, creates another colorful layer that pays homage to Mexico’s multi-faceted heritage.

Make a Surprising Drink

It’s always fun to get creative with fiesta cocktails by crafting a wickedly unique and memorable concoction. Border Grill Chef/Owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have the perfect formula!

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BORDER GRILL MOJITO

Combine the lime juice, sugar and mint in a blender, and puree until smooth.

Fill 2 tall glasses halfway with ice cubes, then pour half the juice concentrate in each. Add one ounce of rum to each glass (optional).

Top with sparkling water, garnish with lime and mint, and serve.

INGREDIENTS

1⁄2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
1⁄3 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup mint leaf, packed
12 ounces sparkling water, cold lime slice (to garnish)
mint sprig (to garnish)
1 ounce rum

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